University Handbook 2018

Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Biosciences

Course code/s: SBAVB

Course details
Location Melbourne (Bundoora)
Course code SBAVB
Mid year intake available Yes (students may require 3.5 years to complete their degree due to the sequencing of the first year chemistry subjects). International students must undertake the AGR2BAA selection at second year if commencing mid year unless advanced standing is granted for CHE1CHF , CHE1GEN or CHE1C1A .
Course coordinator Dr Bert De Groef
Course advisors Dr Sylvia Grommen
Available to international students Yes
CRICOS 060348G
Course duration 3 years full-time, or part-time equivalent
Credit points 360 credit points
Exchange opportunity Yes
Leave of absence available Yes, for a maximum of 12 months
Study plan guide To assist with planning your enrolment, you can download the course structure PDF here
Course queries Current students: ASK La Trobe
Prospective students: Future Students

Course description

The course is designed for students who wish to focus on animal issues, including health and welfare, ecology and behaviour, genetics and biotechnology in a professional degree course. The degree will produce graduates who can obtain employment in animal research, agricultural industries, animal care and welfare, biotechnology industries and the animal health industry. In addition, an animal science degree should allow a student with suitable grades to be eligible for entry into a veterinary science degree.

Student exchange & overseas short programs

Student exchange and overseas short programs offer a unique opportunity for a meaningful learning and educational experience abroad.  La Trobe University encourages all students to make the world their campus by participating in an exchange or overseas short program that fits within your degree structure.  Student exchange and overseas short programs may also be eligible for a mobility grant.

College of Science, Health and Engineering students with a third-year elective option in their course have a unique opportunity to enrol in SHE3ISP, with permission from their course coordinator and the subject coordinator.  Please note: enrolment into SHE3ISP requires students to be accepted into an LTU approved short term international program.

Essentials subjects

The three Essentials - Global Citizenship, Innovation & Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Thinking are specialist areas designed to give you an edge with employers. Essentials will enable you to adapt your knowledge and skills to new contexts in a rapidly changing world. Subjects addressing the Essentials are part of all undergraduate La Trobe degrees and can be identified in the subject search by distinct icons. The list of approved subjects can be found on the Essentials webpage.

Course intended learning outcomes

Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs) are brief statements defining what students are expected to demonstrate they know and can do by the end of a course.

Write / create academic and scientific written reports that are grammatically correct in order to communicate to peers, and/or scientific and non-scientific communities.
Debate, discuss and defend scientific issues and ideas with peers and scientists.
Analyse and evaluate numerical data and evidence from experiments, scientific reports and journals in order to make recommendations to peers, scientific and/or nonā€scientific audience.
Formulate purposeful and clear questions in order to explore scientific ideas, seek evidence and information, and to generate new scientific knowledge and solutions.
Develop rational and rigorous arguments to interrogate assumptions, synthesise scientific information, formulate hypothesis, draw unbiased conclusions and defend scientific ideas.
Analyse using a systematic approach to reasoning and conceptualising scientific ideas to solve constructed and real world scientific and technical problems.
Demonstrate effective teamwork through collaborations, negotiations, conflict resolutions, self-assessment and communication skills in order to complete professional projects and tasks.
Demonstrate a coherent grasp of the legal, ethical, and political values that shape the work of a scientist.
Apply detailed knowledge and understanding of animal science to identify, analyse and solve problems involving health, welfare and management of domesticated and captive wild animals.

Course structure

The course requires the completion of 360 credit points over three years full-time or equivalent part-time study.

First year

First year (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject name Subject code Credit points
TE-SEM-1 Academic Integrity Module (online)* LTU0AIM 0
TE-SEM-1 Wominjeka La Trobe: Indigenous Cultural Literacy for Higher Education** ABS0WOM 0
TE-SEM-1 Molecules, Genes and Cells BIO1MGC 15
TE-SEM-1 Introduction to Animal and Agricultural Sciences AGR1AAS 15
TE-SEM-1 Data Based Critical Thinking STA1DCT 15
Students must enrol in either CHE1CHF or CHE1GEN
Students who have passed VCE Chemistry Units 3 & 4 (or equivalent), must enrol in CHE1GEN. All other students must enrol in CHE1CHF.
TE-SEM-1 Chemistry Foundations CHE1CHF 15
TE-SEM-1 General Principles of Chemistry CHE1GEN 15
TE-SEM-2 Animal, Plant and Microbial Life BIO1APM 15
TE-SEM-2 Applications of Chemistry CHE1APL 15
TE-SEM-2 Ecology, Evolution and Biodiversity BIO1EEB 15
TE-SEM-2 Students to select a first-year level elective subject to the value of 15 credit points. STA1LS , MAT1MAB or SCI1SIS are recommended.   15

Key: * LTU0AIM is a not-for-credit subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to enhance your knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.
** ABS0WOM is a not-for-credit subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to introduce students to Indigenous Australian perspectives, experiences, history, culture and customs.

Second year

Second year (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject name Subject code Credit points
TE-SEM-1 Introductory Microbiology MIC2MI 15
TE-SEM-2 Animal Nutrition* AGR2AN 15
TE-SEM-2 Animal Physiology ZOO2AP 15
TE-SEM-2 Work Integrated Learning Program AGR2WIL 15
  Students to select one of the following subject options: AGR2BAA or BCH2IBM and BCH2MBC    
TE-SEM-2 Biochemistry for Agriculture and Animal Sciences AGR2BAA 15
TE-SEM-1 Introduction to Biochemistry and Molecular Biology BCH2IBM 15
TE-SEM-2 Metabolic Biochemistry and Cell Biology BCH2MBC 15
TE-SEM-1 / TE-SEM-2 Students to select second-year level elective subjects to the value of either 30 or 45 credit points depending on the subject option chosen above. Students who undertake AGR2BAA must select elective subjects to the value of 45 credit points.  Students who undertake BCH2IBM and BCH2MBC must select elective subjects to the value of 30 credit points.   30-45

* AGR2AN will be offered in Semester 2, 2018 and in Semester 1 from 2019 onwards.

Third year

Third year (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject name Subject code Credit points
TE-SEM-1 Animal Health AGR3AH 30
  Students to select two subjects from the following list to the value of 30 credit points AGR3CSA, AGR3AAN or EEE3ANR   30
TE-SEM-2 Case Studies in Animal Science AGR3CSA 15
TE-SEM-2 Advanced Animal Nutrition AGR3AAN 15
TE-SEM-2 Animal Reproduction EEE3ANR 15
TE-SEM-1 / TE-SEM-2 Students to select third-year level elective subjects to the value of 60 credit points.  SHE3FRW is recommended.   60

Please note: Some of these subjects may not be offered in the current year. For a full description of subjects, including the subject name, subject code, credit points, campus/location, teaching period and availability, subject coordinator, class requirements, assessment, prerequisites and readings, please click on the appropriate subject code.


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